Fresh storm in ODM party as judges throw out their BBI ‘baby’ with the bath water!

ODM leader Raila Odinga met Senator James Orengo, Rarienda MP Otiende Amollo and Governor Wycliffe Oparanya in efforts to end open defiance in his party.

By The Weekly Vision Team in Nairobi

A landmark ruling by high court judges to halt the ODM pet BBI constitutional changes project could not have come at the worst time for the party currently facing growing in-fighting.

Like the feuds that have split the ruling Jubilee party down the middle ahead of the 2022 transition elections, ODM is having its fair share of rebellion from key figures angling to succeed the ageing Odinga. ODM insiders have quietly told The Weekly Vision that Raila Odinga is an “unlikely’ candidate in the 2022 Uhuru succession duel as he is seen to be weighed down by advancing age and health challenges.

Sources in ODM aver that a section of the country’s largest opposition party is now blaming Suna East MP Junet Mohammed who is co-chair of the BBI national steering committee for “misleading” the party. Sources close to MP Otiende Amolo and Senator James Orengo told The Weekly Vision that the party’s top organs were ‘warned” of such a scenario from the courts but their concerns were waved aside in a false show of confidence arising from the March 9, 2018, symbolic handshake between President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

But Nyatike MP Tom Odege who is also the Union of Kenya Civil Servants SG is emphatic that all is well in ODM. Mr Odege in a brief interview with The Weekly Vision played down the differences as normal “points of disagreement” saying it was a “storm in a teacup”!

Despite the apparent face of unity in the country’s largest opposition party, ODM is clearly battling a growing storm of dissenting voices who want “Baba’ to retire and endorse another candidate in 2022 elections.

But Nyatike MP Tom Odege who is also the Union of Kenya Civil Servants secretary-general is emphatic that all is well in ODM. Odege in a brief interview with The Weekly Vision played down the differences as normal “points of disagreement” saying it was a “storm in a teacup”!

This website has established that a clique allied to Siaya senator Orengo and Otiende has been pushing Odinga to ‘disengage” from the handshake as the party faces public outrage for “abating” growing Jubilee economic failures, corruption and a ballooning public wage burden.

The Orengo wing had earlier this year accused a clique allied to powerful permanent secretary in the ministry of internal affairs Karanja Kibicho of ‘burning midnight oil” in secret meetings to derail the BBI! Orengo accused the clique of working to “short change’ opposition leader Raila Odinga “yet again,” in the 2022 election. ODM key figures expect President Kenyatta to whip up his vote rich Mount Kenya strongholds to back Odinga and not deputy president William Ruto, 56.

Unlike past elections where Odinga was said to have won but his ‘victory stolen’ like 2007- 2017, this time however Orengo insists Raila has all the support of the “deep state and ruling party”. The sentiment is shared by Raila’s elder brother Oburu Odinga also keeps saying this time “all is well for Odinga’s long quest for state house that eluded his father the late Jaramogi who passed on in 1994 with his dream unfulfilled despite several attempts.

Orengo and Amolo had faulted the proposed creation and distribution of 70 new constituencies in the BBI. It’s instructive that both Uhuru and Raila have not commented on accusations by Orengo against Kibicho alleged plot against BBI.

Otiende had allegedly warned through an SMS to Raila that he had the support of other key figures including Siaya MP James Orengo and Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya. He argued that there was a need to ventilate on the BBI especially on some key sections like the creation of new seats.

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